Somehow (blame it on the holiday), we missed this exciting announcement from our city council at the end of November. Austin is taking bold new steps to make sure that local, sustainable food is more widely available. This means getting local produce and other foods into grocery stores, restaurants, and schools to make sure that the local goodies get distributed to everyone--not just those who make it to the farmer's markets or sign up for a CSA.
According to the press release,
The Sustainable Food Policy Board will serve as an advisory body to the Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioner's Court concerning the need to improve the availability of fresh, nutritious, locally and sustainably grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need. The board will coordinate the relevant activities of local government, as well as non-profit organizations and food and farming businesses, and explore new means for the city and county to improve the local food economy—by monitoring the availability, sustainabilty, accessibility and quality of local food.
We're pumped to see our local government making local, sustainable food a priority for the whole community. It means that we won't have to look so hard to do the green food thing, and that more of our fellow Austinites will be able to join in. Things won't happen overnight, but this is absolutely a step in the right direction.
Has your city made policies like this to bring sustainable food to local tables? We'd love to hear about it, especially if you've seen some effects of a similar government change on the local level. We're looking forward to how Austin's food scene will unfold--how great will it be to go to any grocer and be able to shop as if it were a farmer's market?